Purim is here and it's time to shake it up and get to the party! Here are our top 3 Purim Cocktails which will definitely punch up your Party:
Purim Purple Rain
1 1/2 oz gin
1 splash Blue Curacao liqueur
1 splash sweet and sour mix
1 splash soda water
Pour gin into an ice-filled highball glass, and fill with cranberry juice. Add blue curacao, sour mix and soda. Shake gently, add more curacao (until royal-purple), and serve.
The Raspberry Hamantini
2 oz. raspberry Snapple
1 1/2 oz. vodka
2 tbsp raspberry jam simple syrup (recipe follows)
raspberry hamantasch cookie crumbs, for garnish
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake (ice, optional). Dip the rim of your cocktail glass in raspberry jam and raspberry hamantasch cookie crumbs. Pour the drink into your cocktail glass.
1 oz bourbon
1 oz simple syrup
juice of half a lemon
2 sage leaves
Combine the bourbon, simple syrup, lemon juice, an read more
- By Gabby Hergt, Alumna & Trip Staff
Two weeks ago was the culmination of a portion of my journey that started almost two years ago. It has been my personal blessing to have been able to experience four amazing Israel trips with Birthright Israel. My first trip in 2013 was the start of a life-long love affair with a country that has become, in my heart, soul, and spirit, my home and people who have become my friends and family. Since returning to Israel three more times as a counselor, Birthright has offered me a view of Israel as both a participant and as a leader. These have both been invaluable to my personal growth and learning of Israel.
The beginning of my trips always starts with me telling the participants why I chose to lead. I explain to them that my reason is not for a free flight, delicious food, and gorgeous Israeli boys, but rather because of the personal fulfillment that I gain by helping each participant fall in love with Israel. Being able to show my participant read more
- by Perri Fuerst, Winter 2014 trip participant
As nominated social media addict of my amazing Sachlav Birthright trip, I have different viewpoints from my other trip members [ie. every amazing moment must be captured & shared!]. Something we can all agree on though, was that the trip was by far the most unforgettable experience we have ever encountered. The friendships we made are irreplaceable, and I can hardly wait to see everyone again in the not so distant future. I am 22 years old and happened to be the oldest member on my trip. The age difference between my new found friends and I didn’t bother me at all.
Here's why I chose to come to Israel: I always knew about Birthright and always thought I would eventually make my way to Israel with Birthright’s help, but I never thought this day would actually come. People used to nag me to register for the trip, and I would always push it aside and say I wasn’t ready yet. It wasn’t until quite recently when my mother read more
It's been a whole year since we dusted off the menorah for Hanukkah, so here's a quick reminder of all the basics from why we eat doughnuts and eat chocolate money to who the Macabees were and what they were fighting for...
In the second century BCE the Maccabees recaptured the Holy Temple in Jerusalem from the Greeks. The first thing they did was light the golden menorah. They could only find one jar of oil which is only enough to burn for one day, but it burnt miraculously for 8 days. Today we light a menorah for 8 days to recall this miracle and to be inspired by its message.
8 Quick Facts About Hanukkah
(click to download the printable PDF version)
The war of the Maccabees was the world's first ideological war fought by a small band of pious Talmudic scholars who engaged in some stealthy warfare (in Israel you can visit the caves they hid in)
Around 17 and a half million oily doughnuts (sufganiyot) are eaten every year in Israel over Hanukkah commemorating th read more
Making traditional Hanukkah doughnuts can be a seriously messy mission which involves a lot of hot oil and jelly getting everywhere it shouldn't.
But it's Hanukkah, and you can't have Hanukkah without indulging in a few amazing homemade doughnuts - so unless you can dial up a granny, or you have some incredible skills, you need a good "Hanukkah Hack".
Introducing the Hanukkah Cupcake: tastes like a doughnut, only 10 times easier.
1 cup milk or coconut, almond or soy milk
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup plus sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup raspberry, strawberry, or grape jelly, caramel or chocolate sauce
1/4 cup powdered sugar
candles or candies
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake tin with paper liners.
2. In a mixing cup, combine the milk, vinegar, read more